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    In the “Most important missing pedal” thread, one of the most common choices was an EQ pedal. What do you look for? What do you use, and what have you tried? I haven’t used any of them very much.

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    I think these things might be important:

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    Low-noise
    Placement of bands
    Width of bands
    Parametric or semi-parametric?
    Number of bands
    Amount of cut or boost
    Sonically transparent when bypassed

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    IMHO, you first need to identify what's missing with whatever tone control you have now, so that you can focus in on what you need. Quite some time ago, I bought the little MXR 6-band EQ. It's a sweet pedal. I never used it after the first time playing with it. I can cover my bases with the TMB on my amps or other pedals.

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    I’d like to be able to scoop the lower mids to upper bass and pick where the sparkle is.

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    The Behringer 7 band eq works perfectly fine and for $25. I can get so many more tones with it. It's true bypass. If buying Behringer freaks you out then get a used Boss GE-7. I have one of these on the way I thought about getting a fat 31 band rack eq but don't feel like dealing with that yet. Gonna see how the 10 band works.

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    So you can punish two amps at once!

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    Curious about the Mesa EQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint 55 View Post
    The Behringer 7 band eq works perfectly fine and for $25. I can get so many more tones with it. It's true bypass. If buying Behringer freaks you out then get a used Boss GE-7. I have one of these on the way I thought about getting a fat 31 band rack eq but don't feel like dealing with that yet. Gonna see how the 10 band works.

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    that MXR promo pic is basically my stock EQ setting -clearly they know their sh*t... . ***Corrected***
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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    that MXR promo pic is basically my stock EQ setting -clearly they know they're sh*t...
    “they’re”?

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    i was thinking the same thing. im assuming they dont think they are ****

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMD View Post
    “they’re”?
    ha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMD View Post
    I’d like to be able to scoop the lower mids to upper bass and pick where the sparkle is.
    Since you said this, can I suggest something completely out of left field? The BBE AcoustiMax preamp. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Technically, this is marketed as an acoustic guitar preamp. I believe this is a huge marketing mistake on the part of BBE. It's in my top-3 of fav pedals. It works great for electric. It's around $130 cheaper than the Mesa Boogie EQ that someone suggested, and check out all its options:

    Basic TMB tone controls, but the mid control is parametric.
    Bass/Mid Parametric Notch control. (That directly addresses your statement that I quoted.)
    DI box and "tuner out" jacks.
    EFX loop.
    Phase/Pad/Pre-Post selection.
    Individual Gain and Volume controls.

    And last, but not least, the BBE Sonic Maximizer built in. A lot of folks, (including myself), wouldn't get too worked up about that last point. Except that in this application, it works. Especially if you are frugal with the controls. (You mentioned adding "sparkle").

    I can use this thing to go straight into the "amp in" on both my Line 6/Bogner collaborations.

    I hope I'm not over selling this, but it is the coolest electric guitar preamp I've seen. The no-longer-produced DTAR Solstice, was a close 2nd.
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    seems pretty cool to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint 55 View Post
    The Behringer 7 band eq works perfectly fine and for $25. I can get so many more tones with it. It's true bypass. If buying Behringer freaks you out then get a used Boss GE-7. I have one of these on the way I thought about getting a fat 31 band rack eq but don't feel like dealing with that yet. Gonna see how the 10 band works.

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    So far, I'm a bit let down by mine. It adds a bit too much noise to my big amp and on my small lunchbox, even with everything set to neutral it has a noticable tone suck.
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    ^ Oh that's a bummer! I'm pretty happy with my little Behringer 7 band eqs. They are quiet and I 'might' notice a little tone suck. I thought going to a more expensive model might eliminate tone suck. Also I wanted more bands to fiddle with. Bass adjustment is what I use most and that basically only leaves me 2 bands on the 7 band eq, 100 and 200. 400 is low mids. The 10 band eq has double the amount of sliders in the bass range so I think I might like that better and give me better tone shaping abilities for my woman tone and what not. If it sucks I'll just return it I guess.
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    I only like EQ pedals in front as an alternative gain-boost/mids-shaper.
    Can be pre or post pedal-dirt going into cleans and/or before amp dirt, or anything in-between.

    MXR 6 is my favorite of the boss/mxr lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave74 View Post
    MXR 6 is my favorite of the boss/mxr lines.
    It's funny. Threads like this inspire one to dust things off and give them a 2nd chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coma View Post
    So far, I'm a bit let down by mine. It adds a bit too much noise to my big amp and on my small lunchbox, even with everything set to neutral it has a noticable tone suck.
    Set it to cut the frequencies you don't want instead of boosting and you'll get a lot less noise. Think of each slider you boost as another od pedal, adding more gain and color to the signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chadd View Post
    Set it to cut the frequencies you don't want instead of boosting and you'll get a lot less noise. Think of each slider you boost as another od pedal, adding more gain and color to the signal.
    Maybe I was unclear - the excessive noise comes as soon as the pedal is on. Granted, it increases if you turn up the sliders but when I said the pedal is noisy, I meant just the pedal as is, without turning things way up. Either way, it's not being used with that amp anymore. Moved an RC booster in there instead.
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